The Toyota Way goes deep inside the heart of the company. Jeffrey shepherds readers through the birth of the company, the development of its founding principles, and the ever so popular Toyota Production System (TPS) itself.
The book is full of stories about the birth of Lexus (Toyota exec’s basically got tired of driving European luxury cars into work everyday) and the revolutionary development of the Prius.
If there is one thing that is made apparent to me after reading this book, it is how young the agile software movement is, and how universal the Toyota principals are. They cross industry, transcend business, and could be used by many companies (more on this later).
I am also starting to appreciate how difficult it is to copy Toyota (I don’t believe you can). Toyota’s been practicing and refining these practices for over 70 years. It’s no wonder Ford and GM can’t catch these guys. It’s much more than the practices.
If you are looking for a great read, and hunger for more after reading Mary and Tom’s Implementing Lean Software Development, this book is for you.
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